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The twentieth series of the television series began production in 2014 and aired on television on 5 September 2016 in the UK and on 21 October 2016 in the US.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
SidneySingpromoSidney SingsLee Pressman5 September 2016#01
Forgetful Sidney makes up a song to help him remember his jobs.
Toby'sNewFriendpromoToby's New FriendAndrew Brenner6 September 2016#02
Philip tries to make friends with Toby, much to Toby's dismay.
HenryGetstheExpresspromoHenry Gets the ExpressHelen Farrall7 September 2016#03
Henry takes the express instead of Gordon.
DieselandtheDucklingspromoDiesel and the DucklingsLee Pressman8 September 2016#04
Diesel struggles to keep up his rough and tough demeanor when he makes friends with some ducklings.
BradfordtheBrakeVanBradford the Brake VanLee Pressman9 September 2016#05
A brake van from the mainland arrives and gets the trucks to behave.
SavingTimepromoSaving TimeAndrew Brenner21 November 2016#06
Samson takes as many trucks as he can of an important stone train to save time getting to the docks.
RyanandDaisypromoRyan and DaisyDavey Moore22 November 2016#07
Daisy manipulates Ryan to get him to do her extra work, as well as his own.
PoutyJamesPromoPouty JamesAndrew Brenner23 November 2016#08
James has to learn to change his showy attitude.
BlownAwaypromoBlown AwayHelen Farrall24 November 2016#09
Skiff is helping prepare for a storm, but he himself is blown away down the track.
TheWaySheDoesIt43The Way She Does itDavey Moore25 November 2016#10
Daisy boasts about transporting an entertainers group.
LetterstoSantapromoLetters to SantaHelen Farrall27 December 2016#11
Percy thinks Harold is full of himself when he offers to help him with the Christmas mail.
LoveMeTenderpromo2Love Me TenderDavey Moore28 December 2016#12
Donald and Douglas argue while clearing the snow.
TheRailcarandtheCoachespromoThe Railcar and the CoachesDavey Moore29 December 2016#13
Daisy is rude to Annie and Clarabel.
MuckingAboutPromoMucking AboutDavey Moore5 June 2017#14
Thomas questions his friendship with Max and Monty after they repeatedly pull reckless and dangerous stunts.
CautiousConnorpromoCautious ConnorAndrew Brenner6 June 2017#15
Connor gets damaged when travelling at high speed and decides that he must go more slowly from now on.
AllinVainpromoAll in VainHelen Farrall7 June 2017#16
James has to take the Mayor to Callan Castle, but is mortified when he finds a tiny scratch on his paintwork.
BuckledTracksandBumpyTruckspromoBuckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks
Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Cars
Lee Pressman8 June 2017#17
Everyone on Sodor struggles in the hot weather, Belle and Flynn were putting out fires while the Fat Controller was forced to wear a safari hat to keep himself cool.
TitforTatpromoTit for TatAndrew Brenner9 June 2017#18
Bert is splashed by some visitors to the railway and is determined to get back at them
Mike'sWhistlePromo2Mike's WhistleAndrew Brenner12 June 2017#19
After teasing Duck about his whistle, Mike boasts about his own.
UsefulRailwaypromoUseful RailwayAndrew Brenner13 June 2017#20
Rex thinks pulling wool trains is an easy job, but he quickly discovers otherwise.
HenryintheDarkpromoHenry in the DarkLee Pressman24 July 2017#21
Henry is accidentally given paint that glows in the dark.
ThreeSteamEnginesGruffpromoThree Steam Engines GruffAndrew Brenner25 July 2017#22
Thomas, Percy and Toby are frightened by a sound from under the bridge.
EngineoftheFuturepromoEngine of the FutureAndrew Brenner26 July 2017#23
A different new engine arrives to the island and the other engines think he will replace them.
HugoandtheAirshippromoHugo and the AirshipAndrew Brenner27 July 2017#24
Hugo wishes he could fly like an airship that has been soaring over Sodor.
TheMissingBreakdownTrainpromoThe Missing Breakdown TrainDavey Moore28 July 2017#25
Judy and Jerome get their chance to be really useful again.
SkiffandtheMermaidpromoSkiff and the MermaidHelen Farrall31 July 2017#26
Skiff and the Fat Controller go on a wild adventure around Arlesburgh Harbour in search of a mermaid.
TheChristmasCoffeepot57The Christmas CoffeepotHelen Farrall14 December 2017#27
Glynn the Coffee Pot Engine is rediscovered, but is afraid he will be scrapped.
OvertheHillOver the HillHelen Farrall20 December 2017#28
Stephen becomes jealous of all the attention received by Glynn at the castle.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Be Good to Your Friends

Patience and Rules

A Time for Sharing

Cast

UK and AUS

  • John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James (until All in Vain), Harvey, Whiff, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Harold, Captain, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railway Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Trevor
  • Rob Rackstraw as James (Tit for Tat only), Toby, Donald, Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Jack, Mike's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, 'Arry and a Workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, the Duke of Boxford, Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford, the Blond-haired Boy, the Ginger-haired Boy, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome, Max and Oliver the Excavator
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railway Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • William Hope as Iron Bert
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip and Monty
  • David Menkin as Porter (Pouty James only)
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Jules de Jongh as Caitlin
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks

USA and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Iron Bert, Rocky, the Duke of Boxford and the Blond-haired Boy
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, 'Arry, Harold, Max, Kevin, a Signalman and a Dryaw Station Worker
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald, Stanley (Saving Time), Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Monty, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy, Trevor and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Caitlin, Lady Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford and the Ginger-haired Boy (Pouty James)
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Mike's Driver and Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Captain, Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railroad Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Matt Wilkinson as Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Menkin as Porter and Jack
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome and Oliver the Excavator
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railroad Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • John Schwab as Stanley (Pouty James)
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • John Hasler as Rheneas

Trivia

  • The last seven episodes of the series: Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks, Mucking About, Cautious Connor, All in Vain, Tit for Tat, Mike's Whistle, and Useful Railway, were incomplete at the time Arc Productions went bankrupt and were finished off by Jam Filled Toronto after Jam Filled Entertainment bought the aforementioned studio.
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman joins the voice cast.
  • Only seven episodes were licenced to PBS (Sidney Sings, Diesel and the Ducklings, Saving Time, Letters to Santa, Love Me Tender, The Railcar and the Coaches, and Mucking About). However, The Christmas Coffeepot aired on Nickelodeon along with Terence Breaks the Ice from the following series. Other episodes from the series were eventually aired there following its official move in March 2018.
  • The episodes The Christmas Coffeepot and Over the Hill were not included on The Complete Series 20.
  • This is the first series of multiple things:
    • The first series of the CGI Series not to have any returning characters in CGI.
    • The first series since the fourth series to have adaptations of the Railway Series stories.
    • The first series to have music composed by Chris Renshaw after Robert Hartshorne and Peter Hartshorne's contracts ended after production of the nineteenth series and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
    • The first series to feature the Skarloey Railway, but not to have any episodes dedicated to them.
    • The first series to have episodes animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The first series since the sixteenth series where Thomas appears in every episode, but does not speak in all of them.
    • The first series since she joined the voice cast in King of the Railway not to have Rebecca O'Mara as part of the voice cast. It is also the first series not to have Jonathan Broadbent as a part of the voice cast since he joined in the seventeenth series.
    • The first and currently only series since her debut in the tenth series in which Rosie doesn't appear, possibly due to her model being reworked.
    • The first series in where Timothy does not appear since his introduction in Tale of the Brave.
  • This is the second series of two things:
    • The second series not to have Thomas' name titled in any of the episodes, with the first being the fifteenth series.
    • The second series to have 28 episodes, the first being the tenth series.
  • This is the only series for a few things:
    • The only series to date in where Spencer, Skarloey and Mavis appear, but do not speak since their introductions.
    • The only series to date since their returns in the seventeenth series in which Bill and Ben do not appear.
    • The only series to date in where Charlie, Dart and Reg do not appear since their introductions.
    • The only series to date where Wellsworth Scrap Yard does not appear since its return in Tale of the Brave.
  • This is the last series of a few things:
    • Ian McCue's last series as producer for HiT Entertainment. Briefly serving as creator executive for the next to seasons, he would return as producer in Series 23.
    • Robert Anderson's last series as producer for Arc.
    • Kallan Kagan's last series as executive producer for Arc.
    • Boris Andreev's last full series as art director.
    • Karen Davidsen's last series as head of production for HiT Entertainment.
    • The last series produced by HiT Entertainment. Mattel Creations took over from Journey Beyond Sodor onwards.
    • The last series where Keith Wickham voices James in the UK, as Rob Rackstraw takes over starting with Tit for Tat.
    • The last series to have episodes aired on PBS Kids.

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